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Staunton Harold Reservoir


Owned by Severn Trent Water, this 210 acre reservoir was built in 1964.  It has a visitor centre and wildflower meadow. You can enjoy bird watching, dinghy and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club (telephone 01332 862067). Walks link with Calke Abbey. Please telephone Burton Mutual Fishing Club on 01283 544734 for details regarding coarse fishing. Events and activities hotline 0870 1791 111.

There are many points around the reservoir where you can park and walk and enjoy the views.  If you visit the site in summer, it is well worth taking a short walk from the visitor centre to the wildflower meadow.  Then you could follow the story of water in the visitor centre exhibition.

The Tower Windmill by the car park was let by the Melbourne estate until it fell into disrepair in 1884. 


Description of Facilities

On site toilets, outdoor cafe kiosk (seating 30), all abilities trail, picnic area and play area.

Disabled Facilities:

Designated disabled toilets and parking.Two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables can also be found near the Tower Windmill.

Loads to see and do key

Car Parking Car Parking
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Cycle Trails Cycle Trails
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed on Leads Only Dogs Allowed on Leads Only
Open All Year Open All Year
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

Woodland key

Angling Angling
Bus Service Bus Service
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Disabled Access Disabled Access
Information Information
Parking Parking
Picnic Facilities Picnic Facilities
Refreshments Refreshments
Sailing Sailing
Surfaced Paths Surfaced Paths
Toilets on Site Toilets on Site
Viewpoint Viewpoint
Walking Walking


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Calke Road
Windmill Hill
DE73 1DL

01332 865081

01332 694311

Staunton Harold Reservoir Map and Route

Access for all - Staunton Harold Reservoir

Opening times

Reservoir & Visitor Centre, Apr-Oct, 7am til dusk
Reservoir & Visitor Centre, Nov-Mar,


Reservoir & Visitor Centre Car Park:


The car park can be found at the Melbourne end of Calke Road close to the reservoir. The car park is situated on a slope, but each parking level is flat and surfaced with tarmac. The car park is Pay and Display (season tickets are available, call for details) but Blue Badge holders can park for free. There are eight disabled bays.


Barton Buses 3C to Ticknall (irreg)